The wheel cover and screen are both completely removable. I find it necessary to remove both before slipping the iPod in or out. It's a good but tight fit for my iPod photo; it took a while for me to get the hang of it. I slip it in through either opening. I try not to stretch it too much for too long.

Regarding the placement of the wheel cover hinge; first the bump for the button is effectively a lens. If it hinged over the screen, it distorts what's underneath. And it's pretty easy to close as well.

Posted by worst2first on April 12, 2005 at 9:39 PM (PDT) Comment 21

ANyone know how well the 40gb ipod photo fits? I just ordered the case, and I'm worried that it won't fit right....

Posted by rainier90 on April 12, 2005 at 9:44 PM (PDT) Comment 22

I just received my tough skin now and did not realize that the iTrip would not fit at the top. what kind of editing at the top top is necessary to get the iTrip to fit? I bought this with the intention of not removing the skin, ever. Imagine my disappointment when the iTrip stopped halfway from fitting. I've got a 30G 4G photo.

Posted by on April 12, 2005 at 10:05 PM (PDT) Comment 23

I'm new to rubber-y ipod cases, so I apologize if my question sounds stupid.
I was wondering if the rubber material leaves scuffs or any marks on the ipod when it's being inserted or removed from the case.

Posted by vertigo05 on April 16, 2005 at 8:39 PM (PDT) Comment 24

I just got the toughskin for my 40gb photo ipod, and have to say it fits great. I was worried about the wheel cover being awkward, but not at all, because it does lay down completely flat. although I might possibly add an iskin wheel protector or something, seeing that the wheel cover only protects the ipod when you're not using the wheel itself. When you flip it open, you are touching the click wheel itself.

I do worry slightly that the screen cover will be scratched easily though (its just hard plastic). Time will tell. I am a bit disappointed with the belt clip, its bit clumsy and sits very loosely, sticking out quite far if you want to attach it to your pants pocket or belt, though I probably won't use it unless I'm biking or working out or something.

Also, with my previous case (the free one that comes with the ipod), I was able to easily fit the ipod in my pants pocket. Not only will this case make that difficult due to size alone (the belt clip knob sticks out a good half inch), but the rubbery texture of the case itself is resistant to sliding in and out because its kind of "sticky," meaning it doesn't slide on fabric easily.

Lastly, in the review, they said it slides out of the skin easily to kidding me? it is a pain in the a$$ to get out of the skin, IMO. you have to take the screen protector off, and force it out (don't even bother trying to slide it out the top). Its not a terribly hard or really a huge deal (unless you want to use your dock regularly), but I'll probably just charge it thru the bottom, which is fine.

All these minor shortcomings aside, I do like it a lot, and would recommend it. It will definitely resist bumps and accidental drops, as its protected very well due to the heavy layer the rubber/silicon provides. It looks pretty freakin cool too (I got the clear one). I just wish they would have designed the belt clip better, so that there wasn't always that big round clip that the belt clip has to slide on to (attached to the back of the spacer--see picture in review).

Posted by rainier90 on April 16, 2005 at 9:00 PM (PDT) Comment 25

More thoughts:

I got a Pocket Dock w/Line In today, and the bottom hole can accomodate it, if it is stretched out a little. Otherwise, it is a millimeter or two too small in each dimension, and would require some trimming. It does seem to help keep the Pocket Dock in there. I'm not sure if the bottom hole will permanently stretch out with repeated or long use of the Pocket Dock.

As I expected, it won't work with the Nyko iTop button relocator. The entire top of the case would have to be removed.

A yellow case would be great, though that often implies a hard case. I also agree that the rubbery texture makes it hard to put in a pants pocket.

As annoying as the back tab for the belt clip can be (can't lie flat on back, jabs into pocket), it appears to be a standard tab. I recall finding car vent mounts that work with these tabs, and reasonable prices.

Posted by worst2first on April 18, 2005 at 1:32 PM (PDT) Comment 26

I'm getting a U2 iPod and I was looking for an afforadle, protectable case where the autographs on the back could be seen...Any suggestions? I kinda like this tough skin case (looks like it'll offer a lot of protection), but the back doesn't look like it'll show the signatures through the spacer and nub thing.

Posted by vertigo05 on April 21, 2005 at 7:36 PM (PDT) Comment 27

I just bought this case for my 30G Photo. It fits very well. I did use the reimforced back as a spacer otherwisde there was a little looseness.

The wheel cover and the screen cover are fine. and the wheel cover opening downwards is not a problem at all.

I got black and I really like how it has camoflauged by iPod since I have darker interior in my car.

I would highly recommend this case.

Posted by motowndon on May 5, 2005 at 12:03 PM (PDT) Comment 28

Can you use the wheel with the plastic cover in use? Or do you have the lift it each time? Also, if you have to lift it, can a Evo2 Click wheel protector or other brand be fit to work?

Posted by jjmorga on May 10, 2005 at 2:35 PM (PDT) Comment 29

no you can't use the wheel when the cover is in place. Butreally, its a piece of cake to flip open, and has never been an inconvenience for me. And even if you don't like it, it pops off. I am not sure about the Evo2 click wheel protector, but one of the brands guarantees that it will fit on any silicone case (see the review might be iSkin?)

Posted by rainier90 on May 10, 2005 at 6:52 PM (PDT) Comment 30

Just wondering about the 20g the created space enough to allow airflow while charging?

Posted by humwichawa on May 24, 2005 at 9:53 AM (PDT) Comment 31

this is so cool! i don't know why some of you people don't like it.

Posted by punkrockavocado on June 16, 2005 at 11:23 AM (PDT) Comment 32

I took the clear plastic off. I don't think its necessary.

I'm not a belt person, but I like this there mostly because I can walk without feeling the ipod in my pocket.

My only concern/complaint is using the dock with my stero. The old speck case allowed the bottom to flap out, to access the dock, but this one does not. I know I can use the charger, without the dock, but I like the integration of line out.

Posted by 3 dogs on July 2, 2005 at 4:02 PM (PDT) Comment 33

My belt clip broke after 24 hours normal use.

Posted by 3 dogs on July 3, 2005 at 11:20 PM (PDT) Comment 34

Just got my Toughskin case today... I took off the click shield and replaced it with iskin's click wheel protector and both items work GREAT! I am so happy with my case, thought I would let you guys know that the iskin click wheel protector does work with this case and looks freaking cool...

Posted by GeoDesic on August 1, 2005 at 10:44 PM (PDT) Comment 35

I just got one and want to let other 60gb owners know that the case fits perfectly as far as I am concerned. The review had me concerned about "bulges" but I can detect none. It is a very well done design and it is nice to know you have total protection if you want it. I used 3m double sided tape (highly recommended) to attach the belt clip to my trucks dash, and I hang the ipod on it while driving. With one hand i can easily detach the ipod and choose albums, etc. When I leave the truck off it comes into my bag fully protected. Pretty cool.

Posted by galavanter on August 5, 2005 at 10:24 PM (PDT) Comment 36
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